*Note - While Iowa's pink locker rooms receive the most attention, they're not alone in this practice. Visitors to Wisconsin are greeted by a paint scheme that is referred to as prison blue - just what you want to hear before 75 guys get together in a communal shower.
2.) Script Ohio - Ohio State
Script Ohio is just one example of the talent that is present on the field when the players are in their respective locker rooms. Many of the marching bands in the Big Ten have traditions of their own and are among the nation's best, but OSU's tradition is the most widely recognized. Unfortunately, because we live in a commercial culture, the marching bands are typically left off of telecasts. If you want to see some of the best pageantry in college football, buy a ticket, show up early and stay in your seat at halftime. These bands are good.
1.) The White Out and Jump Around - Penn State and Wisconsin
On the western end of the Big Ten's geographic spectrum, Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin, is regarded as one of the toughest places to play in the country. Adding to the hostile environment is the tradition of piping "Jump Around" by 90's rap group House of Pain in between the third and fourth quarter of every home game. If you've ever witnessed the Cameron Crazies jumping in unison during Duke basketball games, multiply it by four and put it outside. While the tradition is most common in the student section, it isn't uncommon to see someone's grandmother drop her pretzel and jump to the song. People who've been there say you can feel the stadium shake, and watching it on tv I have no trouble believing that.
Both of these traditions are in their infancy compared to some of the others listed, but their impact on the overall game experience is unrivaled. It's exciting to see and something that the fan bases take great pride in.
Traditions like these listed, along with the countless others that didn't survive my cut, are as essential a part of college football as the pigskin, the goal posts, and the teams themselves. Without them, college football wouldn't be the event that it is. As these traditions further cement themselves in the legacy of each institution, rest assured that as the next generation of college football fans find their way onto campus, new traditions will be added to the list. If those new ones have anywhere near the impact that some of these do, I can't wait to see them.